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Prior to Project 500, Champaign's Citizens for Racial Justice were pressuring the university to hire more minority employees, particularly black citizens.

David Eisenman's unpublished Harper's magazine essay on the conception and implementation of Project 500 at Illinois, disadvantaged students and higher education, the incident at the Illini Union in September 1968, and media reaction to the program.

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"The 500 Program and the Incidents at the Union" addresses a number of things surrounding the attitudes of different people on campus. Following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the University of Illinois decided to bring in 500…

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First photo: covers of the first two volumes of "Irepodun."Second photo: photographs from inside the first published "Irepodun."  "Irepodun" was the first African American yearbook to be published at the University of Illinois. The first issue…

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This document describes the tentative plan for SEOP. By formalizing the plans, the students would be able to take fewer hours during the semester. The budget breaks down exactly how much the school planned to spend on each part of the program,…

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This document identifies what qualified a student as educationally disadvantaged. It also outlines what qualifications students needed to meet in order to become part of the program. The university visited many high schools to recruit students to…

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This edition of the Campus Report explains the purposes and goals of Project 500. It was published shortly after the events at the Union. Because of the date, it can be seen that regardless of the incident, the University of Illinois was hopeful…

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This publication of Student Affairs includes an explanation of Project 500 and an interview with Clarence Shelley, the project director for SEOP. Given the nature of the questions, there were many thoughts about the quality of the program. In the…
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